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  1. I don't recommend any gear with an inner waterproof layer. They're fine for a 30 minute commute, but not much longer. The outer layer holds water and eventually it finds a way to soak through. I have an old Teknic jacket I really like. The inner layer is a mesh jacket. A waterproof layer zips to the outside (and an insulated layer to the inside but it's REALLY bulky that way). It also has a rubber zipper guard inside. Water still gets in through the collar. Even my 1 piece Aerostich still eventually gets water up the sleeves. Now for boots A* boots with Gore tex are great. Drystar works, too, but it's much less breathable. So long as I have waterproof pants over the tops of the boots, water never gets in.
  2. Another quick update. I've done this trip weekly since early December. About half those trips have been on the motorcycle. 250 - 300 miles per trip depending on local travel. Had a wardrobe malfunction with the Aerostich today - fortunately before leaving home - the zipper separated and froze. Fell back on old leather overpants! Lots of nice to haves that I discovered I didn't need. It's good to just put mileage on the bike. And now the weather is getting good enough (above freezing in thur mornings) to jog outside. That simplifies logistics. Last month, I refueled at the local gas station as a Hayabusa rider was leaving. We were both excited to see another rider, and talked for a few minutes.
  3. This is a nice photo of our motorcycle next to a field after the rains about 2 weeks ago.
  4. Thanks for the ideas. Hopefully this is a good resource for others, too. Temps are into the low 30s, so electrics are necessary. I'm enclosing a typical view when I'm riding to work (sunrise - beautiful but dark and cold). All good quality apparel. Understand about the 2 piece, but I've had this 1 piece for a long time (refreshed by Aerostich in 2015). I've been motorcycle commuting for over 15 years, but never done multi-day work trips like this. That's been the challenge. Nobody blinked with A* sport touring boots when I wore them exclusively last week so I'll do it again. Otherwise I'm maintaining a dress code for now - tie and/or sportcoat. That's something I haven't done in 20 years. Can't believe I forgot my Aerostich strap. Thanks for reminding me @rustyshackles. Used it last week and will do it again this week. I have no permanent storage or lodging space because I officially work remotely. I squat where I find room - conference room, sitting areas, unused desks in other people's offices. That might be changing. At least I can claim mileage since I have a home office. @betoney - ran up on my first deer just standing in the road! Thank goodness for high beams. She casually walked off the road - but then a second deer followed her into my path. Took 10 minutes for my heart rate to slow down.
  5. How are you just riding around and stumble into big groups of motorcycles? Especially groups that aren't all Harleys?! Are there really that many bikes down there right now? I'm jealous. Even when I lived in SoCal, by now it was too "cold" for most riders to be out. :}
  6. This is my experience making a business trip on the FJ. Feel free to take inspiration from this or critique it and help me find better ways to continue to do this. I traveled to a new work site Tues to Thurs earlier this week. Except for the holidays, I'll probably be doing this for a few months. Weather was predicted to be clear but cold. It was definitely cold (saw 32 degrees on the bike's temperature readout at one point), and it rained for about 45 minutes on the way home. I would like to continue to travel by motorcycle so long as the risk of rain is low and the risk of sleet, snow, and ice is non-existent. The site is about 1 tank of gas on the FJ away from home. The choice is between 2 lane highway with a little nice scenery and farm traffic or a mix of 4 lane and 2 lane highway with no scenery and more traffic. The 4 lane saves about 20 minutes. I used the 2 lane at dawn on Tuesday to go there and was rewarded with a nice sunrise over a wildlife management area, and I used the 4 lane at dusk and dark Thursday under threat of rain (and actual rain for about 45 minutes) to get home. Overall the trip on the bike worked, but I need to make a few improvements. Theft is common in the area, and anything not secured could be stolen. In addition to hard saddlebags, I still have a soft seat bag from my sportbike touring days. I need it for space, but I need to store it somewhere when not riding. That becomes am issue after I check out of my lodging but I still work. What absolutely worked: Bose earbuds. Good on the bike and good when sharing work spaces. Heated grips. What mostly worked: Aerostich suit, Tourmaster heated liner, Held Gore-Tex gloves. On the bike, they're great, but all of the clothing becomes bulky and a pain to store off the bike. Saddlebags are good, but could be larger. I'm hesitant to invest in a locking top box right, but I might have to if I keep doing this commute. It's also a pain to have to gear up and down every time I move between job sites or run out for a meal. I now have a company issued laptop that fits in a saddlebag. What needs improvement: how many pairs of shoes I needed. I have work shoes, gym shoes, and riding boots on the bike. Shoes are bulky. There is a 2nd jacket for the office or when I'm outside with coworkers. I can't wear an electric liner that looks like a half finished Members Only jacket with hanging wires at a group meal. Any thoughts on moving among bulky clothing on the bike versus in the office when I have to carry 3 days of stuff? Any thoughts about shoes? The bulky clothing will cease to become a problem spring to fall, but the shoe problem will continue. I want to start back on the bike after the holidays.
  7. So does the FJ have an anti-knock sensor that lets us run 87? In almost 20 years of riding motorcycles, all of them required 91+ octance. I've probably used 87 < 6 times and always filled up around half a tank with 91+. And where does someone find E0 91? One station locally had it about 10 years ago, but it went away when they changed ownership.
  8. Not quite an answer, but I have a rented bikes a few times. I would prefer to stick with a well established company, which is basically just Eagle Rider in the US. Rented from them 3x. 2 from shop near LAX airport were perfect. 1 in Honolulu, Fat Boy had an electrical problem after 20 min. Limped it back to the shop and replaced with a Road King. Rented a K1300 from a local rental place in Torrance while visiting LA. That didn't go so well. Offered hotel pick up drop off service on the website, but then wouldn't do a pick up service. Told the guy I planned about a 400 mile day. Bike tire was pretty worn. He said he didn't believe me that I would ride that far. Later called during the ride and asked me to return the bike because he thought it was too dangerous. For those that know, I was up in Lake Issabella. He went back and forth about picking it up the next day but finally said I had to return it to his shop. I accidentally overslept next day, called dealer and left message letting him know I was late. I returned the bike about an hour late. He absolutely unloaded on me about how rude I was. Turns out it was pretty much a 1 man operation and he needed to go to a funeral. I expected to just pay a late fee. Flip side is a friend rented a Concourse 1400 from him for a fast cross country ride (< 2 weeks round trip) and the guy was great - reimbursed my friend for the replacement tire halfway back to CA from North Carolina no problems.
  9. Remap does more. You're right - Kev O2 controller is redundant if you will be getting the ECU remap soon.
  10. Welcome. Nice pix. What part of Maryland? I grew up in Ellicott City.
  11. To the OP: my peg feelers touched down before my center stand, so the center stand isn't the limiting factor with stock foot pegs.
  12. You should be able to call Yamaha customer service, 800-962-7926, with your VIN number and see if the recall has been done.
  13. A little late but: https://moto-discovery.com/eshop/light/yamaha-mt-09-tracer-fog-lights-mounting-bracket.html My commute might be changing from 6 miles round trip during the day in town to 54 miles on rural highways, half at night. So I'm considering options.
  14. Hehehe. Expect to hear the words "Fourier transform" a lot.I asked my physicist friend. Here is his explanation: When you put earplugs in, you reduce the noise at the ear opening and reduce the damage potentially being done to the eardrum. The brain has automatic gain control based on sound levels at the eardrum. By putting earplugs in and reducing volume at the eardrum, the brain dials up the gain on all perceived sound and you perceive the bone conduction as much louder. So 85 dB overall noise at the ear gets reduced to 52 dB. In the meantime, the 82 dB bone conduction (half the strength of the noise at the outside of the earplug) is perceived as very loud. The bone conduction noise isn't doing any physical damage, but because of the perceived loudness, it could contribute to fatigue or distraction.
  15. Coincidentally there is a town in Mississippi named Sturgis. So in summers they host the "Little Sturgis" rally. A few friends in the area recommended it as a day ride. This year it rained off and on with scattered thunderstorms and local flash flood warnings, so attendance was way down. Sounds like a big rally would be 200 - 250 bikes. That, by the way, would fill the entire length of main street Sturgis on both sides of the road. Yesterday there were probably 70 bikes. I saw license plates from 4 surrounding states. Mostly Harleys, mostly cruisers, but a couple of Goldwings, BMW K bikes (including an older K-RS which is kind of the proto-FJ if you think about it), and a Honda Dream with FLA tags. The ride was surprisingly good. Nothing epic, but nice corners for all but a short stretch of straight highway. Roads were mostly wet with a lot of puddles. Went through the even smaller town of Maben, MS on the way. I need to go check that out some other time. For a change the Garmin did a good job routing me around gravel roads. A little rain on the way down and a lot of rain on the way back. I ended up cutting the ride short and coming straight back on highway for the last 50 miles. My planned route home went through areas known for flooding and potential weekend boat traffic. Crazy humid, especially when I dressed out in waterproof outers. The rally was what I expected. Lots of vests and patches. It's always nice to talk to the CMA (Christian Motorcyclist Association) folks. I just avoid the 1%-adjacent clubs (one pic shows a group of Pistoleros in red/gold vests who are associated with the Bandidos). A Harley-riding friend who is part of a non-cop 1st responder club explained all the rules his club has to follow to safely vest/patch. "Membership" fees to the Bandidos, support Bandido approved events, displays of respect around Bandidos, coordination with other 1%er clubs to travel outside the state. 1%ers usually leave CMA and Blue Knight (police) associated clubs alone. Yeesh. Ballistic nylon (and track leathers occasionally) for me. I parked next to a new club from south MS. Nice folks. CMA-types, but it's a new club so not associated with the larger CMA organization yet. They were told that they were lucky this was a small gathering since they were vest/patch but didn't have permission to attend. I think their president is calling the CMA tomorrow.
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